Courage in a Warming World

A Challenge – Not a Curse

It is important to notice the grave danger that we are in. Your effort is needed. Beware though of the toxicity of hopelessness; it can poison the conventional wisdom as surely as toxic chemicals poison physical life. What is needed is a radical approach to stabilizing humanity’s impacts on the planet. Life is powerful and humans are an extraordinary species. It is possible for us to thrive into the long-term future. Some might say that radicals are not realists. They want to change the system, rather than go down telling us how bad it is. Your choice matters.

The Great Grief: How To Cope with Losing Our World

To cope with losing our world requires us to descend through the anger into mourning and sadness, not speedily bypass them to jump onto the optimism bandwagon or escape into indifference. And with this deepening, an extended caring and gratitude may open us to what is still here, and finally, to acting accordingly.

Towards the Permacene

As history shows, we are a young species. We are a species that is full of flaws and destructive selfishness. But we are also adaptive and creative and occasionally compassionate, three traits that have made possible our evolutionary advances. So while we have perfected war and hatred and the wholesale destruction of our living planet, we also write poetry and songs, celebrate with family and friends, and have a love so deep that somehow, we still find we have roots that are just waiting to find a place to dig into, a place to call home!

The courage to fight climate change

Now more than ever, we are tied in a single garment of destiny, cloaked as a species in a protective climate that we are in the process of unraveling. And so the need for activism, the need for courage, the need to speak out, is as great as ever. As King put it, “We will have to repent in this generation not merely for the vitriolic words and actions of the bad people but for the appalling silence of the good people.”

What is courage in a warming world? The climate minute podcast

We remember Rick Piltz who passed away this week. His courage in opposing the suppression of climate knowledge during the Bush Administration leads us to consider what it means to be courageous in the face of climate change. Is such courage for great men only, or do we all need courage?

On staying sane in a suicidal culture

Our situation so often feels hopeless. So much has spun out of control, and pathology surrounds us. At least one in five Americans are taking psychiatric medications, and the number of children taking adult psychiatric drugs is soaring.

From the perspective of Macy’s teachings, it seems hard to argue that this isn’t, at least in part, active denial of what is happening to the world and how challenging it is for both adults and children to deal with it emotionally, spiritually and psychologically.

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Last updated: 2015-07-05